Following Capcom, NetherRealm and others pulling out over organizer accusations, Evo Online is canceled

Mortal Kombat 11 screenshot
Mortal Kombat 11 screenshot (Image credit: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

What you need to know

  • Evo co-founder Joey "MrWizard" Cuellar has been accused of serious sexual misconduct.
  • Cuellar has been placed on administrative leave.
  • NetherRealm, Capcom and others are pulling out of Evo Online.

Update, July 2 (9:28 p.m ET): Following the different companies and individuals pulling out, Evo Online has been canceled.

After Evo 2020 was canceled earlier this year due to the ongoing pandemic, Evo Online was organized in its stead. This event was bringing "the Evo spirit" with a roster of online tournaments. It even brought the celebrated return of Killer Instinct. Evo Online is scheduled to take place from July 4 through August 2. Unfortunately, many games, companies and individuals previously involved will no longer be taking part.

Evo co-founder and president Joey "MrWizard" Cuellar has been accused of serious sexual misconduct. As a result of these allegations, Cuellar has been placed (opens in new tab) on administrative leave.

NetherRealm stated on Twitter that in light of the allegations, it would be removing Mortal Kombat 11 from the roster. This was very quickly followed by Capcom stating it would not be participating in the event. Meanwhile, noted Killer Instinct fan and commentator Maximillian Dood, aka Maximillian Christiansen, has also stated he will no longer be attending the online event.

Update, July 2 (9:28 p.m ET) — Evo Online is canceled

Following the various companies and individuals pulling out, Evo Online is now canceled.

https://twitter.com/EVO/status/1278859734099963904

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

5 Comments
  • Just to get information
  • Again, is this another "trial by Twitter" ? Someone makes an accusation - whether true or not - and destroys someone's life/career with no proof needed
  • Trial by Twitter is not good. I'd at least like to hear more about the accusations and whether there's any merit to them.
  • It was sexual assault against a minor and he confirmed the accusations and apologized. That is not a trial by Twitter. And while we are at it, Evo's president has also been accused of sexual assault of a minor and is under investigation. I would also suggest reading the actual story, which is horrifying: https://kotaku.com/evo-suspends-ceo-following-sexual-misconduct-allegati...
  • Pretty Much, its so 2020!